Monday, January 30, 2017

Wesleyan School Announces New 2017-2018 Bus Shuttles to Dunwoody

 
 
Wesleyan School is pleased to announce new 2017-2018 bus shuttles – including an afternoon shuttle to Dunwoody.
 
Last year, the K-12 college preparatory school started offering morning shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur, and Stone Mountain as a chance to better serve the community. 
 
Wesleyan is now expanding the shuttle service for the 2017-2018 school year by adding afternoon shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven.
 
To learn more about the Wesleyan bus shuttles, please visit www.wesleyanschool.org.
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Region 1 School Climate Star Ratings

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2015-2016 School Climate Star Ratings Reports.  The chart below summarizes the School Climate Star Ratings for Region 1 schools.  The supporting data is now available as part of the complete CCRPI reports for the 2015-2016 school year.   http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2016/

Congratulations go to Sequoyah Middle School for Achieving a '5' Star School Climate Rating! 

Final Star Rating
Score Range
Stars
Elementary Schools  
Middle School/High School
 
82.5 and below
71.1 and below
1
82.6 to 87.1
71.2 to 77.2
2
87.2 to 91.7
77.3 to 83.3
3
91.8 to 96.3
83.4 to 89.4
4
96.4 and above
89.5 and above
5

School Climate Star Ratings
Survey Score
Student Discipline Score
Safe & Substance Free Learning Environment
School Wide Attendance Score
Initial Score
  ( Average of the 4 Components)
Additional Considerations (Personalized Climate)
Final Score
Austin ES
4
83.084
100.000
100.000
96.996
95.020
N
95.0
Chesnut ES
4
81.332
99.501
100.000
92.846
93.420
N
93.4
Dunwoody ES
4
83.071
99.482
100.000
94.415
94.242
N
94.2
Hightower
3
79.571
95.022
78.431
92.952
86.494
Y
91.5
Kingsley ES
4
79.841
99.592
100.000
96.615
94.012
N
94.0
Vanderlyn ES
4
84.460
99.935
100.000
94.570
94.741
N 
94.7
Peachtree Charter MS
4
71.148
96.142
89.095
95.872
88.064
N
88.1
Dunwoody HS
4
73.920
91.574
88.589
92.678
86.690
N
86.7
Ashford Park ES
3
80.573
98.194
79.012
91.533
87.238
N
87.3
Huntley Hills ES
4
79.638
99.327
100.000
94.356
93.330
N
93.3
Montgomery ES
4
79.758
99.376
100.000
95.171
93.578
N
93.6
Kittredge Magnet
4
83.834
99.588
95.652
96.328
93.851
N
93.9
Chamblee MS
4
74.495
94.376
87.260
95.574
87.971
N
88.0
Chamblee Charter HS
4
71.266
90.292
88.306
95.448
86.328
N
86.3
Cary Reynolds ES
4
77.572
98.067
87.500
92.719
88.965
Y
94.0
Dresden ES
2
53.638
99.151
94.872
89.997
84.415
N
84.4
Montclair ES
3
76.363
99.071
100.000
89.552
91.239
N
91.2
Woodward ES
4
77.196
99.610
100.000
92.770
92.394
N
92.4
Sequoyah MS
5
74.970
87.717
85.224
93.398
85.330
Y
90.3
Cross Keys HS
3
69.949
76.149
93.076
85.997
81.293
N
81.3

School Climate Star Rating  

 School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement and overall quality of life. The School Climate Star Rating assesses the climate of a school on a 1-5 scale using the following indicators:

•           Survey – a measure of student, teacher, and parent perceptions of a school’s climate

•           Student Discipline – a measure of student discipline using a weighted suspension rate

•           Safe and Substance-Free Learning Environment – school discipline incidents and student survey responses on use of illegal substances and the prevalence of violence, bullying, and unsafe incidents within a school

•           Attendance – the average daily attendance of teachers, administrators, and staff members and the percentage of students with fewer than six unexcused absences

Each school in Georgia receives a 1-5 star rating, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. Interpretations of each possible star rating are below; this information can also be found in the enabling legislation.

•           5-star schools ranked excellent according to the school climate index

•           4-star schools ranked above average according to the school climate index

•           3-star schools ranked average according to the school climate index

•           2-star schools ranked below satisfactory according to the school climate index

•           1-star schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school climate index

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Incorporating STEAM at Primrose School of Dunwoody


 

What Parents Need To Know About STEAM

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By LYNN MANNING, PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF DUNWOODY & PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF ROSWELL NORTH

Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. This acronym — which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — has become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community. The practice of teaching by incorporating these concepts into multidisciplinary lessons is revolutionizing education approaches across the country, even for children in preschool.
While young children may not be able to understand multiplication or how computers work, they can develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion, and then applying those skills through more play.
For young children:
- Science encourages investigation and answering questions, often involving experimentation.
-Technology refers to using simple tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers.
-Engineering refers to recognizing problems and testing solutions to them.
-Arts encourages creativity and allows children to illustrate concepts they are learning.
-Mathematics deals with numbers, but also patterns, shapes, organizational skills and much more.
There are many reasons why STEAM subjects should be addressed in early learning settings. A key component of STEAM is process skills, such as making observations, hypothesizing and critical thinking. These skills help young children grasp math and science concepts early in life while building a base for more complex concepts for years to come.
Research has shown that even very young children are capable of mathematical reasoning and can understand more advanced math skills than previously thought. Young children are also able to ask questions and make predictions about the world around them. In short, children are fully capable of learning foundational STEAM concepts, and parents and teachers should help children develop these skills at an early age.
STEAM learning can also take place outside of the classroom. For example, parents can encourage children to channel their inner engineer through a boat race activity. Have children use a variety of recyclables — cork, foil, tape, craft sticks, straw, an old swim noodle and paper for a sail — to build a boat that can sail across the bathtub, a pan of water or a puddle. After creating the boat, have children blow “wind” toward the boat to see how fast their creation travels. Parents and children can host races between multiple boats and discuss which boat is faster and why.
Young children grasp concepts through exploration and trial and error, so they should learn STEAM concepts at their own pace and in ways that are natural to them. To ensure that children are learning at their own pace, Primrose offers a balance of play with guidance from teachers and repeats STEAM lessons so children can master skills as they are ready.
To learn about Primrose School of Dunwoody, visit www.primrosedunwoody.com or call 770.396.8266.  To learn about Primrose School of Roswell North, visit www.primroseroswellnorth.com or call 770.641.8670.  For more helpful parenting tips and information, visit our blog at www.PrimroseSchools.com/blog and sign up for the Pointers for Parents newsletter.

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools
New Parent Council for Region 1 School Clusters


A new parent council has been formed for the Region 1 school clusters as well as for Tapestry, PATH and Oakcliff Theme School.  The council is currently looking for volunteers to serve on the Executive Board. 

Visit the Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools Facebook page for further information:  https://www.facebook.com/peachtreegatewaycouncil/?fref=ts


Dunwoody HS Girls Swim/Dive Team & Chamblee HS Boys Swim/Dive Team Place 1st at County Championships
Dunwoody Boys and Chamblee Girls Place 2nd

article courtesy of DeKalb County School District.  Pictures courtesy of Dunwoody High School

Click the following link to view County meet results:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_Hnco-5lveWTlJNDJrRFlxaWc/view?usp=sharing

Click the following link to view final team scores:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_Hnco-5lveTGRXNHMwZ2pRSjQ/view?usp=sharing


Dunwoody High School Girls Swim/Dive Team 
Dunwoody High School Boys Swim/Dive Team

County Dive Meet Results:



Championship streaks remained intact on Saturday at the Chamblee High Natatorium as the Chamblee Bulldogs (5) and Dunwoody Lady Wildcats (3) retained their titles at the DeKalb County Swim and Dive Championships.

The Bulldogs won their fifth consecutive title (2013-2017) behind sweeping all three relay events and a pair of gold medal performances by sophomore Liam Bell in a 252-201 win over Dunwoody with Lakeside coming up one point short of its fifth consecutive runner-up finish with 200 points.

Chamblee opened the meet by taking the gold in the 200 medley relay for the sixth consecutive year with a time of 1:43.24 by the team of Louis Cardot, Alex Miretsky, Brian Fadjariza-Dumais and Theo Hardy.

Noah Oh followed that win up with his fourth consecutive DCSD gold in the 200 freestyle even with a time of 1:47.77. Liam Bell made it three consecutive Chamblee event winners as he won the 200 individual medley for the second consecutive season with a time of 1:58.11.

The girls’ championship had the same two teams atop the standings as Dunwoody captured its third consecutive title and its 16th overall 269-208 over Chamblee.

Allie Reiter won her 6th and 7th gold medal in DCSD competition as she captured the 200 individual medley (2:11.40) for the third time and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.82) for the fourth consecutive year.

Other individual gold medals for the Lady Wildcats came from Laura Spratling in the 50 freestyle (24.83), Sydney Sloan in the 200 freestyle (2:03.08) and Lauren Davis in the 1 meter diving (419.85).

Dunwoody also won the 200 freestyle relay for the fourth consecutive year as Spratling, Reiter, Keely Sandberg and Hannah Robison swam to gold in 1:43.88, just .08 off the county meet record. Those same four also swam to a meet record of 3:42.50 in the 400 freestyle relay to break the 2014 mark of 3:46.22 set by Lakeside. Chamblee’s relay team of Brynn Lautenbacher, Julie von Biberstein, Teresa Maloney and Jade Foelske finished just behind at 3:42.99 to also eclipse the old record as Foelske almost caught Reiter at the finish.

Click on the following link to read the entire article:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/athletics/2017/01/22/chamblee-dunwoody-defend-dcsd-swim-and-dive-titles/

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DeKalb County Board of Education Norms and Standards

At the first meeting of each calendar year (or as soon thereafter as possible), all Board members shall publicly swear to or affirm their commitment to comply with the Board Members Ethics Policy, as set forth in Board Policy BH, and the Board Members Conflict of Interest Policy, as set forth in Board Policy BHA, as well as Board Norms, as approved by the Board on May 6, 2013.
Click the following link to read the DeKalb Board of Education Norms and Standards: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=4054&AID=773015&MID=50240
 
Does Stan Jester believe he does not have to abide by the "Norms and Standards" he vowed to uphold?
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Game On - Dunwoody High School Athletic Facility Capital Campaign


Friday, January 6, 2017

DeKalb County School District 2016 Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) Awards

Congratulations to the following DeKalb County schools for achieving Single Statement Accountability System (SSAS) Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year.

As mandated by O.C.G.A 20-14-37 and State Board Rule 160-7-1-.01, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement develops award criteria under the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) and presents them for approval to the State Board of Education. Awards are given to schools with high academic performance and/or high academic growth.  For the 2015 and 2016 awards, GOSA used College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the three most recent school years to determine SSAS awards in two categories: Greatest Gains and Highest Performing.  Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Click on the following link to see all award schools in the state of Georgia: http://gosa.georgia.gov/sites/gosa.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/2016%20SSAS%20Award%20Schools_20170105.pdf


Greatest Gains Overview
Table 1: CCRPI Single Score Ranges
CCRPI Single Score Range
90.0 and higher
80.0 - 89.9
70.0 - 79.9
60.0 - 69.9
Lower than 60.0

Greatest Gains schools exhibit high growth in student achievement by earning a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score in at least the 93rd percentile in the state. Additionally, schools must remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range, as displayed in Table 1 above, over the last three years and be excluded from the Georgia Department of Education’s (GaDOE) 2015 Priority or Focus School list.[2] Table 2 below shows the Greatest Gains criteria by award tier.
Table 2: Greatest Gains Criteria
Greatest Gains*
CriteriaPlatinumGoldSilverBronze
Progress Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)**99th97th95th93rd
CCRPI Single Score RangeMust At Least Maintain Same Score Range
*Schools may not be on the 2015 Priority or Focus School lists.**If a school spans grade clusters (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and is eligible in one cluster, all other clusters must be at or above the 75th percentile for the Progress Score in addition to meeting the other award criteria.

Table 3: Highest Performing Criteria
Highest Performing*
CriteriaPlatinumGoldSilverBronze
Achievement Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)**99th97th95th93rd
CCRPI Single Score Minimum in Each Year90.090.080.080.0
Achievement Gap Score Percentile (Three-Year Average)At or Above the 75th Percentile
*Schools may not be on the 2015 Priority or Focus School lists.**If a school spans grade clusters (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and is eligible in one cluster, all other clusters must be at or above the 75th percentile for the Achievement Score in addition to meeting the other award criteria.